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When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.” -A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholar Usha Ramanathan describes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden

Special

Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project

Quotes

What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

9268 - Bihar: Six Bangladeshi nationals caught with fake papers - Hindustan Times

  • Avinash Kumar, Hindustan Times, PatnaUpdated: Jan 16, 2016 16:36 IST

One of the arrested Bangladeshi nationals. (HT photo)

Six Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested in Bihar in two separate incidents, one for carrying forged documents that identified him as an Indian and five others for a dacoity in Siwan, north Bihar.

In one incident, the Patna police on Thursday arrested a Bangladesh national for trying to procure an Indian passport citing forged papers that identified him as a resident of Nawada in south central Bihar.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team caught Abdul Mannan, a resident of Kalopra Parsen under Navagaon district of Bangladesh, from the premises of the regional passport office at Ashiana Nagar under Shastri Nagar police station here.
Although he had furnished his residential address at a location in Nawada in Bihar, the man was unable to speak Hindi. This raised suspicion among the officials at the office, who informed the police.
Mannan then tried to flee from the scene but the police arrested him. During a search of his personal effects, the officers found a fake Aadhaar card, a pass book of a bank branch at Nawada and a cell phone.
During his interrogation, Mannan revealed the name of one Noor Mohammad of Nawada who allegedly provided him fake documents and sent him to the regional passport office in Patna to get his Indian passport.
According to Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj, members of gang facilitating the making of fake passports in the state capital fraudulently used the documents of an Indian national to process the passport request of the Bangladeshi national.
Maharaaj told HT that preliminary investigation suggested that after procuring an Indian passport on the basis of forged papers, the Bangla national was planning to head to Saudi Arabia.
Some passport officials were also under the police scanner, this connection. “Following the arrest of Mannan, the police have decided to launch a passport verification drive,” the SSP said, adding this was not an isolated incident.
Earlier, in 2012, a joint team of IB and Patna police had arrested Bangladesh resident Mohammed Noor Nabi from regional passport office at Ashiana Nagar, also on the charge of trying to procure a passport using forged documents.
At that time, Shahabul Haq, a local resident, was also arrested for trying to facilitate Nabi. A senior state official said it was suspected that several Bangladeshi nationals had managed to obtain Indian passports using spurious papers.
In the other incident, the Siwan police have arrested 12 criminals of a gang, including five Bangladeshi men, for their involvement in a series of recent incidents of dacoity and loot.
The Bangladeshi nationals were identified as Sahinoor (Dhaka), Ekram, Mohammad Badal Khan, Imadul Sheikh and Reena Khatoon. All these persons had rented an accommodation at Makhdumsarai in Siwan and managed to procure Aadhaar card and Voter ID cards.
The mastermind of the gang, Esraful, husband of Khatoon, also a Bangladeshi man, had yet to be arrested, said ASP Arvind Kumar Gupta. According to Gupta, all the five Bangladeshis had been residing in the area for the past one-and-a half years, under assumed names.
“We are looking at how these persons, whose credentials appear to be fake, managed to get permanent residency certificate, Voter ID, bank passbook and Aadhaar card to project themselves as Indian citizens,” said Gupta.
A case had been registered against them for illegal stay in the area under the relevant sections of the Foreigners’ Act, the ASP added.
For the purpose of establishing their credentials as Indians, the arrested persons claimed to have bribed local election office and Aadhaar card officials to procure the fake papers, other sources said.

On being questioned, the arrested persons revealed the names of several persons, including an advocate and a government official who helped them procure Aadhaar and Voter ID cards.